Knowledge Flows in Marine Spatial Planning - Sharing Innovation in Higher Education across North European Seas (Knowledge-Flows) aims at further enforcing the European higher education community to meet the growing demands for knowledge, skills and innovation within the still emerging field of marine or maritime spatial planning.

Knowledge-Flows builds on results from former project outputs as the online learning platform MSP Education Arena ( and will contribute to the development of new innovative approaches to higher education and training on MSP by means of problem-based learning schemes, transdisciplinary collaboration, and advanced e-learning concepts.

The strategic partnership consists of a transnational network of experts in research and practice based in the Atlantic, Baltic Sea and North Sea Regions including Aalborg University (DK, lead partner), The University of Oldenburg (D), the University of Liverpool (UK), the University of Nantes (F), the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (D), the University of Applied Science Breda (NL), the Finnish Environment Institute (FI), and University of Ulster (UK).
Furthermore, three international organisations, the Marine Spatial Planning Research Network, the Baltic inter-governmental VASAB and the pan-Nordic Nordregio as well as Gothenburg University are involved in the partnership as associated organisations deeply rooted in the MSP community of practice.

The further Improvement of curricula, exchange of knowledge and experts, and transparency and recognition of learning outcomes to reach higher qualifications in MSP are key components, and specific targets will be to enable innovation among students and educators and facilitate a mutual learning environment among MSP education, governance and stakeholders.

Various activities on intellectual outputs, multiplier events and lecturing will be carried out by all participating organisations.

The intellectual outputs will include three major activities:
1) an advanced level international topical MSP course
2) digital learning facilities
3) a handbook on problem-based learning in MSP.
The advanced level inter-institutional topical MSP course will include different teaching and training activities within a problem-based learning environment.
Digital learning facilities enabling communication and training will include a further enrichment of the MSP Education Arena platform for students, practitioners and lecturers for including modules for collaborate learning activities, documentation and dissemination, mobilisation/recruitment, thesis opportunities, placements/internships.
A handbook on problem-based learning in MSP will include topics as; the design of didactics and methods; guidance for lecturers, supervisors and students; evaluation and quality assurance; assessment.

Five multiplier event sessions back to back or as part of conferences within the MSP community will be organised to disseminate the activities among other universities and institutions.

Different teaching and training activities feeds into the intellectual output activities, which will include serious gaming sessions (MSP Challenge and others), workshops, excursions, courses/classes as well as a conference with a specific focus on facilitating the exchange of innovative ideas and approaches among students at the master and PhD level and the MSP community of practice.

Annual project management meetings will assure coherence in project planning and implementation.

As the core focus of the strategic partnership is on collaboration, mutual learning, and innovation among educators, students, and practitioners in order to meet actual and future needs regarding knowledge exchange and training within the MSP community, the project will be designed to have long lasting effects.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/09/201931/08/2021